Are You an Ant or a Sluggard?
There is a time for work, and there is a time for rest.
"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest --- and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man."
Ants are fascinating, and they can bring pain through a bite or sting. It has been studied that ants can carry up to 20 times their weight. This would be the equivalent of a human on average carrying around with them 4,000 lbs. Ants will feverishly work to collect and eat food in the summers, and they will hibernate deeper in the ground during the winter. They work and then they rest.
Are you choosing to work at the right time?
Do you have your calendar for the week?
Are you actually doing the tasks that you committed to completing?
Are you scheduling your week in a way that you get the work completed required to drive your business so you can take a day of rest?
Where I see business owners struggle most is in the way that they use their time. To use the analogy above, these business owners are working both in the summer and winter; there is no defined time for work or rest.
What if you were more purposeful in the way you used your time?
What would your results look like if you truly committed to a time of work followed by a time of rest?
How would operating in this manner impact the people around you, your family, your children, your relationships with others outside of work?
Today are you an ant or a sluggard? I choose to be the ant, and I know that is who you would want to be too. Go be the ant today.
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